People Centered Leadership: Leading People vs. Managing Process

In our quest to understand engagement, we’ve lost sight of the fact that lack of engagement is a leadership problem- not a ‘people’ or ‘culture’ problem. There is a profound difference between leaders who primarily manage process—how work gets done—and those who are true leaders of people-- of real, live human beings. Leaders who put people first lead with people at the center of all they do.

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Diversity is Dead

Over a decade has passed since Corey Jamison published the article, ‘Diversity is Dead’. The article still resonates years later as we work with organizations to leverage inclusion as a strategic, transformational business lever.

“If people think diversity is "done," then let's lay it to rest. If it is treated simply as an expendable add-on program or function it is doomed, because expendable programs are cut at the next downturn of the business cycle. If it is limited to race and gender differences and headcount, diversity is dead.”

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Courageous ≠ Fearless

Fear is a normal human emotion, working to avoid it just makes it bigger.

When we “feel badly” about being afraid, or get mad at our fear, we turn our fear into shame.  Then we have fear AND shame to contend with. Not big motivators.

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Balance the Scorecard: Soft Skills Matter

One thing we know to be true, but continually ignore: Soft skills matter. In fact, the data say that they matter more, not less than the hard skills we so aptly and frequently measure, and by which we make crucial selection decisions like hiring, firing, and promoting.

Let’s try an experiment- what would be different about your organization, or your team if you measured and rewarded by soft skills first?  If you promoted those who were excellent collaborators, communicators and seemed to instinctively know how to gather and rally people around an idea or possibility?  What if you recognized top energizers of people, or balanced the scorecard with indicators of inspiration of others, or ability to delegate and teach, or sustains momentum of the process?

We know we get more of the same when we use only the same methods we’ve used before.  
Let’s all focus on building the currency of encouragement, inspiration, and momentum and see how it pays off.